Major Burns

Overview

There are a variety of major burns injuries that can affect patients, and our team at the iCare ER & Urgent Care in Frisco and Fort Worth, TX are prepared to treat many different types and severity of burns. Chemical, electrical, and fire burns are the most common varieties we treat at iCare. Whether you are seeking pain relief from a mild heat burn or need emergency care for the results of an electrical burn, our highly trained team of doctors can help.

Type of Burns

Chemical Burns

Caused by coming into contact with chemicals either on the skin, through swallowing them, or by breathing them in, chemical burns can be unpredictable and should be treated professionally in most cases. Common culprits of chemical burns are bleach, metal cleaners, pool chlorinators, drain cleaners, and concrete mix. Symptoms of a chemical burn can include redness, burning, irritation, pain, numbness, blisters or blackened skin, cough or difficulty breathing, change in vision, or vomiting.

Electrical burns

When an electric current flows through the body, it can often cause serious burns both to the skin, internal organs, and muscles. Lightning, as well as manmade sources, can cause electrical burns. While small shocks may not appear to be dangerous or damaging, the depth of the injury is often difficult to assess and should be treated by a medical professional in most cases.

Thermal Burns

Caused by fire, steam, hot liquids, or hot objects, these thermal burns are the most common burns treated at iCare:

  • First-degree burns
    First-degree burns, the mildest, usually cause redness, swelling, and pain. These are surface burns that generally will heal within a few days to a week.
  • Second-degree burns
    Second-degree burns sear into the first and second layers of skin and often cause red, splotchy skin, pain, swelling, and a moist appearance on the surface. Blistering and scarring can sometimes occur.
  • Third-degree burns
    Third-degree burns affect the top 2 layers of skin as well as the fat layer underneath the skin. This is the most severe type of burn and can destroy nerves and cause numbness. These scarring burns will cause charred black, white, waxy, or leathery skin.
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